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No More Cookie-Cutter Teaching

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As educators, we need to take ownership of our teaching.  If you think your tried and true lessons are lackluster, change them.  Start with looking at your students and asking yourself, what do my students need? What are their strengths? Next, look at the VERBS in your standards. Precisely what is it your students need to master in this unit?  Finally, embrace the art of teaching, follow their lead.

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 23 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 23 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! 2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC PADLET ANNOUNCEMENTS INSPIRATION/TODAY’S QUESTION Today’s Question for Classroom SOLSC Teachers: What have you learned about yourself as a… Continue reading

Branding Student Blogs

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As an instructional technology coach, I have the privilege of working alongside teachers as they bring their students into the world of blogging.  Many of the teachers I work with are new to blogging. They rely on me to steer them into an experience that will engage the student, lift student writing, and fit within the already packed school day. I guide these teachers to create branded blogs.

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 22 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 22 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! Single digit days left in the challenge! 2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC PADLET ANNOUNCEMENTS Please be sure to comment on our daily inspiration/questions. We… Continue reading

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 21 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 21 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!  Only ten more days, finish strong! 2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC PADLET ANNOUNCEMENTS Please be sure to comment on our daily inspiration/questions. We… Continue reading

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 20 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 20 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! 2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC PADLET ANNOUNCEMENTS Please be sure to comment on our daily inspiration/questions. We are hoping this will foster a… Continue reading

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 19 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 19 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! 2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC PADLET ANNOUNCEMENTS Have you stopped by to see who won the student commenting challenge from last weekend?  It… Continue reading

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 18 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 18 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! Can you believe it, 18 days of writing? 2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC PADLET ANNOUNCEMENTS  Did you catch Betsy’s comment challenge announcement?  It’s the… Continue reading

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 17 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 17 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!  Happy St. Patricks Day!  2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC PADLET ANNOUNCEMENTS Find your words and spread the word about your student’s writing on… Continue reading

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 16 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 16 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! You’re doing great, keep writing! 2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC PADLET ANNOUNCEMENTS Please be sure to comment on our daily inspiration/questions. Last year… Continue reading

8 Great Ways to Meet Writers Where They Are

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Throughout the conference, I watched, listened, and played with digital tools and all along I thought about our students and how digital tools have the capability to make all students feel successful.  I was in awe of the opportunities digital devices bring to our classrooms.

Environments for Kids & With Kids: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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As I thought about writing this post, I considered my day and what needed to get done.  I mulled over when I would go to the store, how many loads of laundry I… Continue reading

The Post-it Note App and Writing Workshop

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When you hear blended learning in writing workshop do you immediately envision a classroom of writers looking at a screen? 

Rolling Out the Welcome Wagon!

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  The community of educators, who gather here at Two Writing Teachers every March, is like no other. We are in need your generous, open-hearted, and passionate hearts to help us welcome our newest… Continue reading

Slice of Life Tuesday #SOL18

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Welcome to Tuesday’s Slice of Life, #SOL18!

Let your voices be heard, share your stories and be heard by all. ATTENTION SLICERS WHO USE BLOGGER, please scroll to the bottom for more support!

Rolling Out the Welcome Wagon!

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Will you be willing to roll out the Welcome Wagon for our new Slicers this March?

Deb’s One Little Word for 2018

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“Each scene has its own music, and the music is created for the scene. Woven into it in ways we do not understand no matter how we may love the melody of a bygone day or imagine the song of a future one; we must dance to the music of today.  If not we will be stumbling around in something that doesn’t fit the moment.”

Using Digital Tools to Meet the Needs of Developing Writers

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When writing with digital tools, students have the opportunity to design and share writing in a variety of ways that not only add a new aesthetic to writing but more importantly they offer teachers the ability to skillfully and intentionally scaffold writing development.

From Markers to Emojis in Digital Writing: It’s All About the Purpose and Voice

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My head was spinning and the next thing I knew I was wondering how the allure of emojis and marking up could lift student voice and motivation in writing

Teaching  Digital Tools in Writing Workshop: Plan, Purpose, EXPLORE

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Digital tools add opportunities to our writing, opportunities that can motivate and inspire writers. The reach of digital tools allows writers to receive and give feedback, share beyond their classroom, publish to an authentic audience, and build a writing community.  So how do we make sure our writers are ready?